Are you a resident of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) planning to visit Turkey?
If so, perhaps you’re attracted by the cultural jewels of Istanbul, including the Hagia Sophia basilica and Topkapi Palace Museum. Alternatively, maybe you intend to enjoy the luxurious sandy beaches of Antalya on the famed Turquoise Coast.
Wherever you want to go in this beautiful country that bridges Europe and Asia, first you’ll need to organise your travel documentation.
Fortunately, UAE citizens are eligible for what’s known as Turkey’s e-Visa (Electronic Visa). This is an online method to apply for your tourist pass using any internet-connected device, and you receive your approved visa by email.
Once you obtain your eVisa, it’s valid for 180 days from the date of issue. It enables you to visit for up to 90 days and it’s Multiple Entry, which means you can enter and exit this country as you please during this time period. This is handy if you perhaps want to visit bordering countries such as Greece, Bulgaria, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan or Iran!
The requirements to obtain your Turkey visa from the UAE are simple. You just need a passport that’s valid for at least 60 days from when you’ll exit your destination and 1 blank page in your passport.
Please note that you’re eligible to travel here if you’re a citizen of the UAE. If you’re a resident of the UAE yet hold a passport from another country, then your eligibility will depend on your nationality. You can find out more by entering your nationality and destination into the form on the right of this article. On this page, we’ll look at the Turkey eVisa for UAE citizens.
Find out everything you need to know about the Turkish eVisa below, and apply with Byevisa today!
- 1 e-Visa for Turkey From the UAE Versus a Paper Visa
- 2 Turkey Visa Requirements for UAE Residents
- 3 How to Apply for a Turkey Visa From the UAE
- 4 Turkey Visa Fee From UAE
- 5 Travelling to Turkey as a UAE Citizen
- 6 UAE Embassy and Consulate in Turkey
- 7 Turkey Visa FAQs for UAE Citizens
- 8 More Information About Visiting Turkey
e-Visa for Turkey From the UAE Versus a Paper Visa
The advantages of acquiring an Electronic Visa over a traditional paper visa are clear.
You can apply from your computer, tablet or smartphone wherever you are. You need only enter some straightforward personal and passport details into our form and, once your application is approved, your validated eVisa arrives in your email inbox. Then you just print the travel pass to show the border officials when you arrive.
So, unlike with a traditional paper visa, there’s no need to journey a potentially long way to visit your nearest Turkish embassy or consulate, wait in long queues, or fill in forms by hand. The eVisa saves you time and energy to focus on planning the fun parts of your trip!
Turkey Visa Requirements for UAE Residents
The Turkey visa requirements from the UAE are as follows:
- Your passport must have at least 60 days’ validity remaining from your planned exit date.
- Your passport must have at least 1 blank page for the Turkish border officials to stamp.
- If you’re visiting from a country at risk of yellow fever, you must be vaccinated first. You can find out if this applies to you on the World Health Organisation (WHO) website.
All your travel companions require their own eVisa, including children. This is the case even if your children are listed on your passport as the parent.
Also, please note that the e-Visa is only valid for tourism or short business trips, such as visiting a company or attending a conference. If you intend to find work here or immigrate permanently, you’ll require an alternative entry permit. Consult your nearest embassy for more details.
How to Apply for a Turkey Visa From the UAE
To apply for your Turkish eVisa with Byevisa, just click on the ‘Apply For eVisa Now’ button on this page and enter the following details in our form:
- Your arrival date.
- Your full name.
- Your birth date.
- Your place of birth.
- Your passport number.
- Your passport’s issue and expiry dates.
- Your email address, for us to send you your travel permit.
- Your phone number, in case we need to contact you.
- Your address.
- Your country of residence.
Once you’ve entered these details, you pay for your application. You can do so either by debit card, credit card or PayPal. Then click ‘Submit’. Once your application is approved, your valid travel pass will arrive in your email inbox, ready for you to print and take with you to Turkey!
Turkey Visa Fee From UAE
Turkey’s government charges 51.50 USD for the electronic visa for Turkey from the UAE. In addition, Byevisa’s processing fees are as follows:
- 25 USD for our Standard 1 business day delivery.
- 45 USD for our Rapid 4-hour delivery.
- 65 USD for our Highly Rapid 1-hour delivery.
Travelling to Turkey as a UAE Citizen
These days, you can fly from a wide variety of destinations in the UAE to Turkey. UAE cities that offer flights here include Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah, among others.
Moreover, this country boasts 35 international airports, so you can conveniently arrive close to your holiday destination in any part of the country. The main international airports include:
Istanbul New (IST)
Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen (SAW)
Ankara Esenboğa (ESB)
İzmir Adnan Menderes (ADB)
You can learn more about flying here in our All About Turkey Airports page.
The Turkish time zone is GMT+3, an hour behind the UAE’s GMT+4, so be sure to factor this into your schedule when you book your hotel and any attractions! On the bright side, you’re unlikely to suffer from jet lag.
In case you need to call a hotel or service here ahead of your trip, the country’s international dial code is +90. International call rates may apply, so to reduce your phone bill, consider using a discount calls service such as Skype or Viber.
The official language here is Turkish, although English is widely spoken in the tourist areas.
Also, the local currency is the Turkish lira (currency code; TRY). That said, you may find that major currencies such as the US dollar, euro and British pound sterling are also accepted, especially in hotels, restaurants and shops in the major cities. If you plan to visit rural Turkey, you’ll certainly need lira.
UAE Embassy and Consulate in Turkey
The UAE has 2 embassies in this country, one in Istanbul and the other in the capital city Ankara. Here are their details:
United Arab Emirates Embassy in Istanbul
Meşelik Sk. No:11
The Istanbul embassy’s opening hours are 9 AM to 4 PM, Monday to Friday.
United Arab Emirates Embassy in Ankara
Illkbahar Mah. Turan Gunes Blv
Galip Erdem Cd. 613.Sok D:No:13
The Ankara embassy’s opening hours are also 9 AM to 4 PM, Monday to Friday.
You may need to contact your embassy in case of emergency, such as if your passport is misplaced and you require a replacement travel document to return to the UAE.
You can learn more details about both embassies on our Embassies of United Arab Emirates page.
Turkey Visa FAQs for UAE Citizens
You now have all the information you need to apply for your Turkish travel pass. In addition, to learn the answers to some frequently asked questions, read on below!
Can All UAE Citizens Travel to Turkey?
Yes. You can enter Turkey, so long as you have a passport that’s valid for at least 60 days from your planned exit date, with 1 blank page for stamping, as well as your valid visa.
Is It Safe for UAE Citizens to Travel to Turkey?
Yes, so long as you remain at least 10 km from the Syrian border, and avoid non-essential travel to Sirnak, Kilis, Hatay, Diyarbakir, Tunceli or Hakkari. It’s also worth consulting your government’s travel advice in advance. To learn more, read our Is Turkey Safe to Travel To? page.
Travelling to Turkey Fun Facts
Turkey is one of only a few countries in the world to straddle both Europe and Asia. Roughly 97% of Turkey’s landmass is in Asia, although Istanbul, the country’s largest city, sits on the European side.
Turkey is famous for its markets and bazaars, where you’ll find expertly-woven tapestries and carpets as well as tasty treats like baklava. So you’re sure to find a great souvenir!
More Information About Visiting Turkey
If you’d like to know about heading to this country ahead of your trip, check our Visit Turkey page. You’ll find lots of useful articles to further inform you and whet your travel appetite!